It is well known that every single police officer around the country takes an oath to serve and protect its community and to not place anyone’s life in danger, unless the circumstance calls for it. However, there have been some exception were police officers have crossed the line of duty. What can be done something like this happens?
What is it?
First and foremost, it is important to understand what police misconduct is. Essentially, this is when a police officer breaks the law while on duty. How it affects people varies, depending on the events that took place and how the police officer behaved during the time of the incident.
An example of this may be when a police officer made an arrest and did not read the detained person his or her Miranda rights. However, not every act of misconduct made by an officer is illegal. For example, a police officer can exceed the speed limit if he or she is in pursuit of a suspect.
When police misconduct has affected someone, there are some things that can be done to recover those damages. People have the right to receive financial compensation. They way that this might go ahead is by suing the municipality were the police officer works for and/or by suing the police officer directly. In the state of Georgia, a police officer has qualified immunity, which means that if the victim cannot prove that the police officer has broken the law and violated his or her rights, then the case shall be dismissed.